Pakistan’s confirmed cases rise to 26,917, death toll climbs to 5,522
By: Web Desk
Confirmed cases in the country climbed to 261,917 after Pakistan reported 1918 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours.
According to the national dashboard, there are 111,238 confirmed cases in Sindh, 89,465 in Punjab, 31,669 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,405 in Balochistan, 14,504 in Islamabad, 1,796 Gilgit-Baltistan and 1840 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The country also reported 47 fatalities in the last 24 hours taking the nationwide death toll to 5,522.
The number of recoveries from coronavirus stands at 198,509.
China reports 22 new coronavirus cases
China reported 22 new coronavirus cases up from 10 cases a day earlier, the health authority said on Saturday.
Of the new infections, 16 were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. The other six were imported cases.
As of Friday, mainland China had 83,644 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.
Traders in Islamabad stage ‘honking’ protest against lockdown today
Traders of the federal capital have announced to stage a “car horn” protest today against the prolonged lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has ruined many businesses.
All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran and Traders (APAT) Action Committee Islamabad President Ajmal Baloch, along with the Traders Action Committee Islamabad Secretary Khalid Chaudhry met with representatives of the Traders Welfare Association in Sector F-6 Supermarket Markaz and announced to hold a protest at Zero Point at 3pm on Saturday.
Govt okays hiking drug prices by 10%
The PTI led federal government has amended the Drug Pricing Policy 2018, allowing pharmaceutical companies to increase prices of medicines up to 10%. According to a source, the decision to raise drug prices has been taken in line with consumer price index (CPI).
The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) on Friday issued a notification which said the regulator has allowed pharmaceutical companies to increase prices of their lifesaving drugs by up to 7% and other drugs by up to 10% on recommendation and approval of the government and its policy board.
SBP approves pilot operation of e-commerce payment gateway
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has granted approval to the pilot operation of an e-commerce payment gateway.
PayFast aims to capitalise on over 80 million 3G/4G subscribers in Pakistan citing massive potential of e-commerce in the country.
The approval comes on back of a boom in online payments in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic as customer’s preferences shifted from cash to cashless means. Nevertheless, cash still remains dominant in the economy with over 90% of online transactions being conducted on cash on delivery mode, the company said.
In a statement on Friday, CEO of the platform Syed Adnan Ali said digitalisation is an indispensable need of the society particularly after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tourist destinations in Pakistan to remain closed during Eidul Azha
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari said 2021 will be the year of tourism and all avenues of recreation would reopen by reviewing Covid-19 developments after Eidul Azha.
The special assistant maintained that tourist destinations will remain closed during Eidul Azha holidays.